Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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Thomas Harding – Blood on the Page
September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am£10.00
You may remember the case: in 2006, a notorious recluse was found brutally murdered in his dilapidated house in up-market Hampstead. The main suspect, Wang Yam, a political refugee from Tiananmen Square, was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years. But the government ordered that much of the case be heard in camera – the first time a British murder trial has been held in secret. What was the home secretary trying to hide? Did the case threaten national security? Was there a high-level cover-up?
Thomas Harding spent two years investigating the killing, interviewing key witnesses, police officers, forensic experts and journalists. The result is Blood on the Page: A Murder, a Secret Trial, a Search for the Truth, a true- crime book that sheds new light on the case that the leading detective described as “the greatest whodunit” of recent years.
A former journalist and documentary-maker, Harding is a master of investigation: Hanns and Rudolf, his 2013 account of the hunt for the commandant of Auschwitz, was shortlisted for the Costa biography award; as was The House by the Lake (2015), a chronicle of the lives of the occupants of his grandmother’s house on the outskirts of Berlin.